Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.View Slideshow
Colorful decorations, yummy food, and fun projects all add up to a fun Halloween party for kids. And with Count Dracula heading the party's theme, expect to find a lot of numbers mingled into the festivities.
Mark your calendar for Count Dracula's big bash. Invite friends and family with invitations made with our exclusive computer graphics. Just download the colorful images, trim them, and mount them onto blank note cards.
When Count Dracula pops up for some Halloween fun, let the games begin. Bright balloons, colorful candy, and friendly creatures make this table a treat! Stock the food table with brightly hued, kid-friendly munchies, such as oranges, grapes, and cheese popcorn.
These severed appendages come in hand-y at the serving table. Aluminum foil forms the structure of the hands and can easily be shaped to hold goodies and table-cards. Download our number-themed table-card pattern, a decoration the Count would surely approve.
Turn fun time into learning time for little ones just learning their ABCs and 1-2-3s. Numbered cookies keep with the counting theme and are a cinch to make. Using cookie cutters, cut out circles and numbers from refrigerated sugar cookie dough (or use your favorite recipe). Bake, cool and frost; then place the number cookies on top of the frosted circle cookies.
A big green spider with a silly grin watches over the tower of snacks.
Fun to make and yummy to eat, popcorn balls are great party fare. The food coloring-dyed treats add color to the cheerful table.
These creepy critters are so simple to make, you'll have them crawling all over your fright-fest. Simply insert chenille stems into plastic foam balls you've spray-painted black. Glue on wiggle eyes for personality. Assembly is so easy that the whole family will want to get involved.
Keep kids entertained with a fun art project. Set up a craft station with kid-sized tables and chairs. To carry the count theme, cut oversized numbers out of cardboard, paint and prop up in the craft area.
Stock your crafting station with colorful plastic plates, crafts foam, colored crafts paper, child-safe scissors, glue, wiggle eyes, puffy paint, and other fun materials.
Give kids plenty of time to work on their creations. For the more speedy crafters, provide another activity to do while the other kids finish up.
If you are hosting a younger crowd that may need some guidance with cutting and gluing, recruit a few adults to act as extra hands.
With cats over jack-o'-lanterns and bats atop ghouls, it's tricky to count all the faces on this wreath. Remind the kids to give themselves a point for every one they find. Craft your circle of Halloween friends using plastic plates, colorful papers, puffy paint, and our helpful instructions.
Smaller clear-glass jars topped with Count Dracula himself make perfect party favors when filled with tasty treats.
Pose kids with different party decorations and snap a few pictures. After the party, mail the photos as a "thanks for coming" memento.